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TOTAL METAL. Say no more, say no more. All these dudes are superstars... superstars who you joyfully anticipate to tear your head off your shoulders. It's really not right to have them play together. Looking forward to both of them engaging in medieval warfare and fighting over every inch of rugged, battered Kraken landscape! dayummmm. Caltrop "While citing Black Sabbath as an influence for any heavy band makes for easy stoner rock shorthand, North Carolina’s Caltrop is one of the few shining examples where the influence can actually be heard. The quartet, hailing from Chapel Hill, was formed in 2005 by Sam Taylor (guitar/vocals), Murat Dirlik (bass/vocals), Adam Nolton (guitar), and John Crouch (drums). With thick, fuzzed out riffs leading the charge on most of their songs, Caltrop exists at the improbable intersection of Sabbath and the Allman Brothers Band, creating detuned, psychedelic dirges with a soulful Southern blues/rock inflection. Add a touch of the long-form, post-metal song structures of bands like Baroness and Earth, and you begin to see what makes the group tick. In 2006, the group self-released an eponymous demo, and in 2008 they released their first full-length outing, World Class, on Holidays for Quince. Ten Million Years and Eight Minutes, the long-awaited follow-up to Caltrop’s much-loved World Class (HFQ 2008), finds North Carolina’s titans of Southern psych-rock in rarefied form, exhibiting the confident and focused sound a band achieves only after years of playing together in the same room. Caltrop’s live-in-the-studio approach may bring to mind classic heavy hitters like Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath and The Allman Brothers, but unlike lesser bands on a similar trip, Caltrop carefully shapes their songs so that each riff follows its predecessor with an uncanny logic: the effect is that of an impossibly heavy object carried ever-upward on delicate, silken wings. Simultaneously crushing and uplifting, Caltrop’sTen Million Years and Eight Minutes makes believers of us all. As one particularly inspired fan has been known to yell during their unparalleled live performances, 'Caltrop: There is no substitute!'" http://www.caltropnc.com/ Bitter Resolve "It’s a sound as old and weathered as the metamorphic bedrock under Chapel Hill, yet Bitter Resolve’s growl and grit also implies the living tectonic forces that oh-so-patiently shape the landscape itself. In debut LP Bows and Arrows Against the Lightning, the trio hearkens to heavy metal’s very inception. Blues riffage is subverted and given sharp, unwieldy angles: drumwork is freed from its traditional homogeneous plod and allowed to move laterally: and the distortion on that bass is just thick enough to give a contact buzz. Chapel Hill and the Triangle area, until recently, had precious little heavy music to offer: the field is wide-open for Bitter Resolve’s brand of stoner-heaviness. Drummer Mike Glass' beats are expressive and asymmetrical – he builds them, hammer and nail, from the ground up rather than subscribing to established rock drummer tropes. Walsh chugs with pagan defiance on a bass a year older than Black Sabbath. And guitarist R. Corey Dial grins euphorically, playing with his entire body as he solos or crunches along. His enthusiasm is as infectious as the patient thickness of music not evolved from, but born alongside 70s hard-smoking proto-metal. The record demands high-volume treatment and the live show is a full-body experience, like a medieval battle witnessed firsthand, as Bitter Resolve fights for every inch of ground on some rugged, battered field." http://bitterresolve.com/ 9PM $free, Please tip your bands and bartenders
Label: Holidays For Quince
Manager: Lechuza Booking
Bio: "The quartet, hailing from Chapel Hill, was formed in 2005 by Sam Taylor (guitar/vocals), Murat Dirlik (bass/vocals), Adam Nolton (guitar), and John Crouch (drums). With thick, fuzzed out riffs leading the charge on most of their songs, Caltrop exists at the improbable intersection of Sabbath and...See Full Bio
CD Release show at Cat's Cradle March 24th w/ Black Skies, Pipe, and Dave Heumann (Arbouretum)